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L
ake

N
ona


Middle

S
chool






Band Program
Handbook


Lake Nona
Middle

School

1
37
00 Narcoossee Rd.

Orlando, Florida 32832

407
-
858
-
5522 x2123

www.lnmsband.net


Hannah Jennings
, Director of Bands

Jose Martinez
, Principal






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Lake Nona Middle School Band

Hannah Jennings
, Director

1
37
00 Narcoossee Road

Orlando, FL 32832

(4
07)
858
-
5522 x2123

hannah.jennings@ocps.net

www.lnmsband.net


September 201
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Dear
Lake Nona

Band Parents and Students,


Welcome back! I hope that you had a fun and relaxing summer. I am very
excited about the upcoming school year. Last year, the students in our band
program represented the school very well, and I am sure this year will be the
same. Our program
continues to
stay strong at o
ver
300

students!


If you are a member of our beginning band, welcome! Please read the
handbook carefully, and feel free to let me know if you have any questions. We
will spend the first couple of weeks learning about and trying the differe
nt
instruments.


All band families should check our website regularly, as that is our primary
source of communication. Please check the calendar as soon as possible


all of
our dates for the school year are listed there. The calendar is provided far in
a
dvance to prevent any potential conflicts. Please note the date of our first
concert


October 1
9
, 201
3
.


I am looking forward to a great year! Please feel free to contact me if you have
any questions.


Mr
s
.
Jennings













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Table of Contents


A
bout

T
he

Lake Nona

B
and . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Course offerings and ensembles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. . . . . . . . . . .
4


Materials

. . . .

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . .
5


Class/Rehearsal

rules and guidelines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . .
6


Grading Polic
y . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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C
oncerts
/P
erformances
/E
vents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. . . . . . . . . . .
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T
rips . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . .
9


W
ebsite
/C
ommunication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. . . . . . . . . . .
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U
niforms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . .
10


I
nstrument

Storage
/
Lockers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. . . . . . . . . .
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1


U
se

of

school

instruments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . .
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I
ndividual

P
erformance

O
pportunities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. . . . . . . . . .
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2

P
rivate

L
essons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . .
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S
ignature

F
orm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . .
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About the
Lake Nona

Band


The
Lake Nona
Middle School Band is a comprehensive music program consisting of
over
three hundred

students in grade six through eight. Performing ensembles include the
Symphonic
Band
,
Concert Band, Jazz Band, and three
Beginning Bands. Since the
opening of
Lake Nona in 2009
, the Symphonic Band

has

had an outstanding performance

at the Florida Bandmasters Association Concert Band Music Performance Assessment.



Lake Nona

Band Statement of Purpose
:

The purpose of the
Lake Nona

Middle School Band is to provide students with musical
opportunities and experiences that will enhance their life and education. Students will
leave the band program as competent musicians who will b
e able to use their skills
outside of the
LN
MS band room. Hard work, respect, and discipline provide a solid
foundation for musical growth and achievement.






























The U.S. Department of Education recommends
the arts to college
-
bound
middle and junior h
igh school students asserting, “Many colleges view
participation in the arts and music as v
alu
able experience that broadens students’
understanding and appreciation of the world around them.” In addition, it plays a
part in developing “children’s intellectual development.” The U.S. DOE also
suggests one year of Visual and Performing Arts for colleg
e
-
bound high school
students.
(Source: Getting Ready for College Early: A Handbook for Parents of
Students in the Middle and Junior High School Years, U.S. Department of
Education, 1997)

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Course Offerings/Ensembles


Symphonic Band

The
Symphonic Band

is the most advanced band class offered at
Lake Nona
. The band is

comprised of
7
th

and
8
th

grade

students. Students participate in the Solo and Ensemble
Music Performance Assessment (MPA) as well as the Concert Band MPA. This class
focuses o
n advanced ensemble skills as well as advanced individual performance skills.
The
Symphonic Band

performs actively throughout the year, and some after
-
school
rehearsals are required. Membership is by determined by musicianship status and
audition.



Concer
t Band

The Concert Band is comprised of 7
th

and 8
t
h

grade students.

This band

is intended to
continue to build on the fundamentals learned in Beginning Band. Students will work on
increasing their individ
ual technique and musicianship.
Students
may
participate in the
Concert Band MPA and have the opportunity to participate in the Solo and Ensemble
MPA. Membership is by determined by musicianship status and audition.



Beginning Band

This class is intended for students with little or no musical exper
ience. Students in this
class focus on mastering the fundamentals of playing an instrument, as well as basic
technique and ensemble skills. The Beginning Band will perform at least t
wo

concerts
during the year.



Jazz Band

The
Lake Nona

has
a

Jazz Band
s

that
meets as a class during the school day.
The

Jazz
Bands
is

made up of 7
th

and 8
th

grade students.
Students learn the fundamentals of
performance and improvisation in the jazz idiom. Membership is determined by audition.













Students taking courses
in music performance
and music appreciation scored
higher in the SAT than students with no arts participation. Music performance
students scored 53 points higher on the verbal and 39 points higher on the math.
Music appreciation students scored 61 points h
igher on the verbal and 42 points
higher on the math. (
Source: 1999 College
-
Bound Seniors National Report: Profile
of SAT Program Test Takers, The College Entrance Examination Board, Princeton,
New Jersey
)

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Materials


All students need the following materials for band class each day:



Hard, black, three
-
ring binder (don’t write on the covers)



Sheet protectors for music



Pencil



Instrument and Supplies



Standard of Excellence
-

Book 1
, for beginning band students



All
music and handouts used in class



Woodwind Students

All woodwind players (except flute) should have at least three or four extra reeds in their
cases at all times. This will prevent a student from running out of reeds during class. A
student without work
ing reeds cannot play their instrument, and will not be able to fully
participate in class.


Brass Students

All brass players should have valve oil in their cases at all times (rotor oil for French
horns). Keeping valves oiled and clean will prevent many
common problems. This will
also save money on repairs and maintenance.


Percussion Students

All beginning band percussionists
will n
eed to rent a bell kit from a local music store


this is the instrument used to start students on the percussion instrumen
ts.


All non
-
beginning
percussion
students (Symphonic Band, Concert Band) should have a
stick bag with sticks (SD1), hard
-
rubber xylophone mallets, and yarn mallets. The stick
bag should be labeled with the student’s name.
Symphonic Band

students will also need
Timpani mallets. Non
-
beginning students do not need to rent a bell kit after they
complete beginning band; they are responsible for having these sticks and mallets in class
every day.


7/8th graders: There are mouthpieces that I re
commend for 7th and 8th grade band
students at
Lake Nona
. The mouthpieces that come with the instruments are usually low
quality, and are intended to make it easier for a beginning student to make a sound on
their instrument. These mouthpieces make it diff
icult for a more advanced student to get
a quality sound. A list of recommended mouthpiece upgrades is available online or from
Mr
s. Jennings
.





It is important to have all materials in class every day. Take care
of your instrument and always make sure i
t is in good, working
condition. This will help you learn as much as possible during
band class.

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Class/Rehearsal Rules and Guidelines


When students enter the band room for class, they will have
two

minute
s

to take out their
instruments and have a seat.
Two

minute
s

after the bell rings, class will start. Any student
not prepared to play at this point will be marked tardy. Beginning band students will get
t
hree

minutes in the first half of the year.


In order

to accomplish as much as possible each day, class time will be very structured.
To keep it this way, students must follow a simple, but strict discipline policy:


In addition to all school rules, there are three guidelines to behavior in band class:

1. I
f you would like to talk, raise your hand and get permission first.

2. Stay in your seat, unless you have permission to get up.

3. Only play your instrument when we play together.


Consequences for not following rules or guidelines:

1. Verbal or Visual Warning

1. Student Apology Letter and Parent Contact

3. Action Plan

4. Lunch Detention

5. Referral


Students will not receive a warning for the following:

1. Eating, drinking, or chewing gum in the band room.

2. Disrespect

3. Thro
wing/Leaving garbage on the floor.

4. Leaving instruments out in the band room.

5. Not bringing materials to class (instrument, pencil, folder, etc...)


Students are expected to take care of the band room, and the equipment in it. If you drop
something, p
ick it up. If you use something, put it away. All practice rooms, ensemble
rooms, and the locker room should remain clean. Abuse of these rooms will result in
students not being allowed to use them.


At the end of class each day, students will receive time

to put their instruments away,
clean up, and return to their seats. Once this is done and the bell has rung, students will
be released. Just remember: Mr
s. Jennings
, not the bell, dismisses the class!!


Researchers in Leipzig discovered through the use of brain scans
that
musicians had larger planum temporale, the region of the brain associated with
reading skills. Also, musicians had a thicker corpus callosum, the nerve fibers
that connect the two halves

of the brain. (
Source: G. Schlaug, L. Jancke, Y.
Huang, and H. Steinmetz (1994). “In vivo morphometry of interhemispheric
asymmetry and connectivity in musicians.” In I. Deliege (Ed.), Proceedings of
the 3rd international
conference for music perception a
nd cognition (pp.
417
-
418), Liege, Belgium.
)


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Grading Policy


A student’s final grade will consist of the following categories:


Preparation/Participation



9%

Students will earn 3 points per day for their participation in and preparation for band
class. If a student comes to class without materials, they will receive 0 points. Students
will lose one point for each broken rule or guideline
.


Written Assignments



10%

Written assignments include returning parent signatures, worksheets, notebook chec
ks,
and any other assignment not included in the other categories.


Project/Extra Evidence



11%

Each semester students will have one project assigned. Each project is related to the
Sunshine State Standards for music. Students will receive information fo
r this portion of
their grade at the beginning of each quarter.


Concerts


20%

All concerts and performances are required. Please check the calendar for all concert
dates, times, and locations. One month’s notice is required if a student must miss a
perf
ormance. When this occurs, a make
-
up assignment will be assigned. See
“Performances/Concerts/Events” for the procedure to excuse an event absence.


Musicianship



50%

Each student will be given musicianship requirements to complete each quarter. Students
are encouraged to work ahead if they finish these requirements. If a student completes all
levels of musicianship before the end of 8th grade, a short playing test will be given for
this portion of the grade. See “Musicianship” for more details. Students c
an pass these
requirements by either playing them in person for Mr
s. Jennings
,
or
recording them to
CD or
as an MP3 file
.


Grading Scale

(Grades are rounded to the nearest whole number)

90
-
100 = A

80
-
89 = B

70
-
79 = C

60
-
69 = D

59 and below = F







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Concerts, Performances, and Events


All
Lake Nona

band students will participate in concerts and performances throughout
the year. It is extremely important that students be on their absolute best behavior in
public. All school rules apply at band concerts. In addition to those:


1. There is no talking o
n stage at a concert.


2. While in the audience, be silent and listen to the group that is performing. You would
want them to do that for you.


3. The full uniform must be worn for the entire concert. If we travel to a concert, the
uniforms must be on from the time we get off the bus until we get back on the bus.

Remember, as a band member, you are representing you, your school, and your
communit
y. Lake Nona

band members are leaders and set good examples for others!


Concert/Performance/Event Attendance and Absence Policy


All concerts, performances, and events on the calendar are required unless otherwise
noted. For an event absence to be excuse
d, the parent must submit an “Excused Absence
Request” form at least one month prior to the event (the earlier the better). Each student
is an important part of their band class, and plays an important part during performances.


Not all excused absence req
uests will be approved. Students must include a valid reason
for missing a performance on the form.


Examples of Valid Excuses:



My sister is getting married on that day.



Our family reunion is that day, and we have b
ought tickets to fly to Chicago
to be

there.


Examples that would be considered
Unexcused:



I have a sports practice/game that day.



I can’
t get a
ride.



I have a piano lesson.


The
Lake Nona

Band calendar is provided far in advance to help you avoid any potential
conflicts. Please provide
t
his calendar to coaches, private teachers, etc... as soon as
possible to help prevent conflicts. Many students participate in sports or other outside
activities. While you may have many practices and games, the band has a limited number
of concerts.


Rehearsal Attendance

Some of the band classes will have a limited number of after
-
school rehearsal
s

during the
year. These are required. A request for an excused absence must be made two weeks in
advance, using the “Excused Absence Request” form.

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Trips


M
any
Lake Nona

Band students will participate in field trips this year. While on trips, all
school rules (including dress code) apply. Whenever the band travels, all students will be
in some form of uniform: either the band t
-
shirt

or concert uniform. On ov
ernight trips,
all students are required to bring their band t
-
shirt and polo shirt. In addition to the
Lake
Nona

discipline policy, the following rules apply to all trips:


1. Caffeine
-
based energy drinks are not allowed. If you are unsure of a particular

drink,
please contact Mr
s
.
Jennings
.

2. Students may not open their hotel room door after curfew.

3. Students will show respect towards all adults/chaperones.


Any students who breaks #2 or #3 may need to be picked up by a parent from the trip and
taken

home. A referral will be written on the next school day.









Website/Communication


The
Lake Nona

Band website (www.
lnmsband.net
) is the primary source of
communication for the band program. Homework, class announcements, reminders, and
forms will be available online for students. Hard copies of information will be available
for students who do not have
i
nternet access at home.


At

the beginning of the school year, students and parents will need to fill out an
information form. Be sure to fill in a
parent
email address! Newsletters and updates are
emailed to parents regularly. Hard copies of this information will also be made availa
ble
to parents.


The website is always the most up
-
to
-
date and accurate source of band information.







OCPS Eligibility Policy:
In order for a student to participate in any off
-
campus activity or event, including field trips, he/she must have at least a
2.0 semester grade point average.


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Uniforms


Symphonic Band and Concert Band

Uniforms are required for each
band

member and have been ordered through the
Band

Department.


Lake Nona
Bands

will maintain a professional appearance when performing
in public.


Students will be fitted during the first month of school.



UNIFORM RENTAL is $25 for all students.



This will include alterations and cleaning.


This price will also include a
Ba
nd

T
-
shirt
that will be worn for casual performances
.

If there is a financial concern about the
uniform policy, all monetary dues can be paid through student accounts by
fundraising.


No student will be turned away from
band

because they cannot afford the
uniform
.



Boys


will wear traditional black tuxedo pants, a white tuxedo shirt with a black vest

and black bow tie
. This uniform will remain at school and you will change into it prior to
a concert performance.


The only items you will need to supply from home are black
dress
shoes and socks.


Shoes need to be formal and socks must be black.




Girls



will
wear a
formal black knit

dress
. This uniform will remain at school and
you will change into it prior to a concert performance. The only items you will need
to supply from home are black dress shoes (socks are not required).


No jewelry,
including watches, wrist
bands, or earrings may be worn, unless it may not be taken
off for religious reasons and there is a note from home.


Only small metal stud
earrings for ladies may be worn if absolutely necessary.





Beginning Band


The beginning band uniform is a
Lake
Nona MS

band
s
hirt

(given out at the beginning of
the year)
, black pants, black shoes, and black socks. The pants may not be jeans, bell
-
bottoms, form
-
fitting pants, etc... The shoes must be completely black.


Jazz Band

The Jazz Band uniform is the
same
as the Symphonic or Concert Band uniform
.








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Instrument Storage/Lockers


Each student will be assigned a locker. Lockers are to be used for instrument and
materials for band only. Students are expected to adhere to the following rules/guidelines
concer
ning the use of lockers and the storage of instruments:




Instruments should be put away at the end of each class, and stored correctly in the
assigned locker.



Students may only enter the instrument locker room to either take out or put away
their
instruments.



Only instruments and class materials should be kept in the lockers.



Food and/or drink are not allowed in the locker room.



Lockers should be kept clean at all times.



Students may not write in or on lockers.



The locker’s label should never be removed or defaced.


Students who do not follow the above rules/guidelines will lose locker
privileges

for the

remainder

of the school year.


Proper use of the lockers and instrument storage system will help keep

instruments safe
and in good condition.



Each student is responsible for providing his or her

own lock. Locks must be a
combination lock (no keys) and the combination must be given to Mr
s
.
Jennings
.


All instruments must be labeled with the student’s
name and “
Lake Nona

Middle
School.” Instruments that are not labeled will not be allowed in the band room.


Use of School Instruments


There are a limited number of school instruments for students to use during the school
year. Students who use them must
provide their own mouthpiece, reeds, valve oil, and
any other necessary materials. Before a student is allowed to use an instrument, a contract
must be filled out and returned. This contract will be given to the appropriate students,
and will also be avail
able online. A $50 donation is requested for school instrument use.




“THE ORANGE COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM DOES NOT HAVE INSURANCE OR ANY
PLAN THAT W
ILL COVER DAMAGE, THEFT, OR LOSS OF PRIVATELY OWNED
EQUIPMENT. IF THAT EQUIPMENT IS TO BE COVERED, IT MUST BE THROUGH
THE PARENTS’ PERSONAL INSURANCE, SUCH AS HOMEOWNER’S POLICTY,
ETC.”

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Individual Performance Opportunities


Here are some other individual opportunities students will have:


All
-
State Band

-

Students may audition for this in September. This takes weeks, if not
months of preparation. Students who are selected travel to Tampa in January to
participate.


All
-
County Band

-

This is open to all Concert Band

and

Symphonic Band students. The
audition

materials will be available from Mr
s. Jennings

in August.
Symphonic Band

students are not required to audition, but are required to learn the audition material for
class. Students are chosen from throughout Orange County. These students will meet in
Janua
ry to perform.


Solo and Ensemble MPA

-

This is open to all band students. Students get to perform
music as soloists or in small groups for Florida Bandmasters Association judges for a
rating. This is an excellent opportunity for students to develop their
musicianship. This is
required for
Symphonic Band

students.


Private Lessons

Private lessons are
strongly
encouraged, but not required. The value of one
-
on
-
one
instruction with a professional on a student’s instrument cannot be overstated. Private
instruct
ion is key to the advancement of individual skills and integral in achieving
students’ highest potential. A list of private instructors is available from
Mrs. Jennings

or
the band website.







Research made between music and intelligence
concluded that
music training is far greater
than computer instruction in improving children’s abstract reasoning skills.(
Source: Shaw,
Rauscher, Levine, Wright, Dennis and Newcomb, “Music training causes long
-
term
enhancement of preschool children’s spatial
-
temporal rea
soning,” Neurological Research,
vol. 19, February 1997
)

The University of Montreal researched brain imaging techniques
to study brain activity
during musical tasks. Researches concluded that sight
-
reading musical scores and playing
music “activate regions

in all four of the cortex’s lobes” and “parts of the cerebellum are also
activated during those tasks.” (
Source: J. Sergent, E. Zuck, S. Tenial, and B. MacDonnall
(1992). Distributed neural network under
-

lying musical sight reading and keybpard
performan
ce. Science,257, 106
-
109.
)